Spring Things Instagram Giveaway

It has been cold and drizzly for weeks now and I have never been more ready for spring then I am this year! 
I'm doing a super fabulous giveaway with 7 other fabulous bloggers from Team Landee in hopes to bring spring straight to your door! 


Taco Seasoning

I grew up with having soft tacos tacos often.  My mom would brown the ground beef and sprinkle in a packet of taco seasoning and be done with it.  So when I got married, I made them the same way.  My husband would always end up with a slight stomach ache the next day.  It wasn't until years later that we discovered the cause of those stomach aches was MSG.  And guess what?  MSG is in most taco seasoning packets! 
Super easy homemade Taco Seasoning recipe!  Tastes way better than any packet.  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
I played around with some recipes I found and came up with one that my family loves.  It super simple and tastes even better than anything you could find in the store.  Of course you can make it as spicy you like, but we do it pretty mild for me and my boys. 

Taco Seasoning
Printable Version
Seasoning for 2 lbs of ground beef

6 TBSP dried minced onion
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix together and store in a small airtight container for up to 6 months.  


Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Pudding

All growing up I remember my dad used to talk about his mother's rice pudding.  You could see the sparkle in his eyes just thinking about the cinnamon and raisin combination.  Here's a little known fact about me...I didn't grow up eating rice.  Like, at all!  My mom just didn't make it.  So, when my dad described to me what rice pudding was, I was slightly intrigued and disgusted at the same time.  You cook already cooked rice in milk and then add cinnamon and raisins?!  Um, no thanks.
That's until I had it with more fun flavors...like peanut butter and chocolate!  When we were newly married a new dessert place opened up and all they served was rice pudding.  They had a really good version of white chocolate and raspberry that I'm working on.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rice Pudding.  This isn't your grandmother's rice pudding recipe!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

I have always been a lemonade girl.  It was something I always look forward to ordering whenever we ate out as a family.  That and Shirley Temples!  It wasn't until I was a lot older I discovered you could add flavors to lemonade.  Mango, blackberry, vanilla...the possibilities are endless!
This Strawberry Basil Lemonade recipe is super easy and so quenching!  The perfect sweet drink for spring and summer.  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle


Southwestern Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe

I absolutely love a classic chicken salad.  You know, a little shredded chicken, mayo, salt, pepper and maybe some celery.  Super easy and really good.  I especially like to eat mine with saltine crackers instead of bread.

Last summer I was craving chicken enchiladas, but it was too blazing hot and I wasn't in the mood to turn on the heat of my oven and cook my house even more.  I had planned on incorporating my black beans into the enchiladas so I wanted to use them up somehow, but was at a loss of what else I could throw them into.  I could have made black bean burgers but, then I would have to have turned on my stove again.

I wanted something cool and fresh tasting, then it hit me.  Chicken salad with a twist!  I already had the other ingredients I was going to garnish my enchiladas with (tomatoes and avocados) and knew they would be a perfect addition.
It's chicken salad with a twist!  This recipe for Southwestern Chicken Salad makes for a perfect easy lunch or dinner!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle


I "Heart" You

How was your Valentine's weekend?  We played it low key this year.  The beginning of February is always busy for us.  Our oldest just turned 8 (party pics coming soon) and we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary as well.  It was on a boring Thursday so a friend offered to watch our kids while we went out for dinner.

Austin is known for it's fabulous food so we planned on going to Hopdoddy Burger Bar.  Every time we've driven by there is a line for miles and there is no way I'm standing in it with three little boys running amuck!  So, when it's just the two of us, we venture out to some really fun places.


Heart Shaped Soft and Chewy Buttered Pretzels

It's no secret I love a good buttered and salted soft pretzel.  That's why I made these pretzels last year because I was in the mood for the hot bread snack!  (Pssttt...It's one of my most popular recipes!)

Last year on Valentine's day I made a batch and thought they would be so much better in a heart shape.  I was right!  I knew it was going to be a new holiday tradition so, of course, I had to share with you! 
Heart Shaped Soft and Chewy Buttered Pretzels.  It's a great recipe and even includes step by step pictures for how to shape them!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle
It's definitely not as hard as it seems and I even have step by step pictures for you to follow. 


Super Fun Free Valentine's Printable

This year my second grader wanted to hand out Fun Dip for his Valentine's party at school.  He was so excited when I actually said yes!  I'm not a Fun Dip kind of girl (even as a kid) so I don't tend to buy it for my kids.  Rotten, I know!
All you have to do is print, cut and paste these super FUN (and free) Valentine printables!  |  My Name Is Snickerdoodle